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The death of personal privacy?

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USA Today recently ran a story about the increase in the number of businesses that are firing employees who smoke, or banning employees from smoking even during their private lives away from the office. The reason given for such corporate behavior was a need to reign in escalating health care costs. In that same vein,… Continue Reading The death of personal privacy?

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No sustainability in voodoo economics

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Dear Editor: Your editorial in the May 13 edition of the Colorado Springs Business Journal deserves comment. My response is as follows. In the 1980 presidential primary, George Bush Sr. described Ronald Reagan’s supply side economics policies as voodoo economics. The theory was (and is) that tax cuts for the well off and their increased… Continue Reading No sustainability in voodoo economics

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Offshoring: logical or irrational? Both

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Dear Editor, Mike Boyd’s column, “Imbalance, unfairness and free trade,” displays impeccable logic. His dictum: “whoever can deliver the best-quality goods and services at the best prices should be rewarded for their efforts.” If they offshore to “produce better widgets than we can in the United States and American businesses or consumers want those widgets,… Continue Reading Offshoring: logical or irrational? Both

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Dear Editor: City Manager Lorne Kramer continues to “miss the boat” and simply “not get it” that the voting citizens of Colorado Springs aren’t “buying” his claims of accountability and responsibility in regards to the recent vote to let the City Council retain 2004 Surplus (“Clearing up source of Prospect Lake money,” May 6th Opinion… Continue Reading City manager's claims of accountability ring hollow

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Dear Editor: This reply is in regard to Mike Boyd’s op-ed piece entitled “Imbalance, unfairness and free trade” from the May 13 issue of The Colorado Springs Business Journal. While the argument that “companies that can find a way to provide their goods or services at a price point that consumers will accept” is certainly… Continue Reading Ethical responsibility must balance economic perspective

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Have we painted ourselves into a corner?

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Editor’s note: In December, the University of Denver announced the formation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel to analyze the state’s fiscal situation and provide a platform for informed discussion and possible solutions. Sixteen business and civic leaders from across the state comprise the panel, including Dick Celeste, president of Colorado College. This is part… Continue Reading Have we painted ourselves into a corner?

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Imbalance, unfairness and free trade

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We had an interesting discussion last week in the office about trade. The focus of our discussion (OK, to be honest it was likely only a degree or two away from a take no prisoners, last person standing death match) was whether action should be taken to level the playing field to allow U.S. companies… Continue Reading Imbalance, unfairness and free trade

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The Prospect Lake repairs began on April 6, including the installation of the new liner, which started on April 28. The city plans to have the lake filled by Labor Day for the annual balloon classic. Have you driven by Prospect Lake recently? The process of fixing the lake is actually something to watch. It… Continue Reading Clearing up source of Prospect Lake money

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The Herman Trend Alert

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Soon, employers will once again be looking for creative ways to recruit and hold desired employees. They know an integral part of this search will involve building corporate communities that link and engage workers and their families. Benefit packages will be comprehensive and individually tailored. The targeted candidates will perceive a very attractive opportunity&more than… Continue Reading The Herman Trend Alert

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For all Americans, but especially the employees and owners of small businesses and those who are self-employed, strengthening Social Security will be paramount to continued economic prosperity. The Social Security system has served our citizens well for many years. It is, as President Bush has said, one of our country’s “great moral successes.” But we… Continue Reading Social Security reform good for small business

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